Hollywood is known for remaking successful movies. Production companies do it every year. If they aren’t spending all of their money on a sequel, you can bet the people with the money are trying to find new ways to tell the same story.
Here is a movie dripping with metaphors and imagery that isn’t worth the time of day. A slick, sometimes trashy, visually engaging (or revolting — depends on what you’re into) pulp drama intended to be a thoughtful and provocative thriller. I can tell you without hesitation — it’s a sham.
There’s an old saying in Hollywood that the only thing the public wants to see is the same story on a larger scale. For some, the characters and the story have little importance. It’s about the excitement. The value of production. The twist. The action. The crash, and the explosion.
Of all the movies I was looking forward to in 2016, “The Light Between Oceans” was at the top of my list. Not the tippy top, but up there with “La La Land,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “The Nice Guys,” which is why this good movie was still a bit of a disappointment.